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Public Protective Services

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Public Protective Services - Level 3

If you want to pursue a career in the Uniformed or Emergency services, or have aspirations for higher education studies and potential commissions in the Armed Forces, this course is for you.

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Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services


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Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)


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Police community support officers


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  • Course Description

    The course may also include:

    • Lectures from various guest speakers
    • Trips to service establishments
    • Adventure training
    • Mock entry assessment days
    • Sponsored challenges

    Modules & units

    • Leadership, Physical Preparation and Expedition Skills
    • Human Behaviour
    • Citizenship
    • Diversity in the Public Services
    • International Perspectives
    • Data Interpretation
    • Understanding the Public Sector
    • Law & the Legal System
    • Health and Fitness
    • Nautical Skills
    • Signals and Communication
    • Teamwork in the Public Services
    • Criminology
    • Dealing with Accidents
    • Discipline in the Public Services

    In the second year, you will have the opportunity to apply to take part in a 4 week foreign exchange with our partners in the Netherlands - this is fully funded.

    Physical training is a mandatory part of the curriculum and is designed to help students increase their levels of fitness in order to ensure they have the ability to successfully participate in a Uniformed Services fitness test. This will include running, circuit training and fitness training in a weights room.

    There will also be many opportunities to participate in team activities. Other opportunities (depending on availability) adventure training takes place in Wales and the south of France. Visits to service establishments may include local fire, police, ambulance stations, police firearms, etc.

    Additional costs

    There are some optional costs for this course for trips and awards. All costs are approximate and will be confirmed closer to the time of the event. If you are eligible for financial support, we may be able to contribute towards these costs. Please click here for more information about financial support.

    Duke of Edingburgh (DofE) award

    Bronze award: £60 Silver award: £70 Gold award: TBC

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher including English Language and Maths


    • A relevant Level 2 qualification
  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    2 years

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £6,600

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    If you are aged 19 and over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services (Level 3) Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    Assessment is based on continuous appraisal of performance in the various components. Course work execution, group work contribution and fulfilment of practical assignments. You will be assessed through a combination of theory and practical work - e.g. leadership, teamwork skills and drills. This is a two-year programme and Extended Diploma courses have three achievement points. You will work towards the Subsidiary Diploma qualification in the first year of the course and will have the opportunity to work towards either the Diploma or the Extended Diploma in the second year.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 2 years


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Samuel Harrison

Public Services - Level 3

Samuel knew he wanted to pursue a career in public services, but was undecided on which service to choose. This course would enable him to expand his knowledge of each service, as well as gain vital knowledge and skills along the way.

“I really enjoy the units that we are being taught as they focus on all issues related to the public services, such as politics and citizenship. The tutors are amazing, as they are really helpful and understanding, and have all served in the public services so offer crucial information and experiences that aids us in our learning. The facilities at CWA are amazing, particularly for my course."


Kavanar Hibberd

Public Protective Services

“I had heard a lot of good things about the college through friends and family and being in the area, made this a natural option for me."

My current employer is the Royal Airforce and my trade is Police. My job role is aviation security fight, which sees me doing avaiation security in different parts of the world.

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